2002-10-05 / Community

Sanders Fights To Extend Benefits

Sanders Fights To Extend Benefits

A resolution introduced by New York City Council member James Sanders, Jr., which called for the State and Federal government to extend unemployment insurance, was approved this week by the Council’s General Welfare Committee. The Committee Chair, Bill DeBlasio, a prime sponsor of the resolution, led the hearing. During the meeting, testimony was provided Congressman Jerrold Nadler and unemployed workers.

The resolution was particularly special for Sanders because he introduced it in response to recommendations made at an Economic Development Committee hearing, back in April, on combating low-wage job loss.

"As the Chair of Economic Development Committee, I spend much of my time working to create jobs in New York City. Yesterday, I held a hearing on strategies for recovering jobs and economic growth in all five boroughs," said Sanders.

"Unfortunately, these are exceptional times. The combined effect of the September 11 attack and the recession has made it extremely difficult for many New Yorkers to find work, despite their best efforts."

The Councilman continued by stating, "When the city loses around one hundred thousand jobs during an economic downturn, there just aren’t enough jobs to go around for all the people looking for work. The extension of unemployment benefits by the State and Federal governments, which we call for in this resolution, is vital to sustain our workers during these tough times."

This week, the U.S. Senate, led by Senator Hillary Rodham-Clinton, held a press conference to address the need to extend unemployment insurance.

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